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Gift giving and the holidays go hand in hand — yet finding the just-right present for everyone on your list is a lot of pressure. This year, rather than letting the shopping stress you out, think of it as an opportunity to show the people in your life they’re appreciated. When it comes to gifts for those in the workplace, specifically, it’s the chance to let your clients, bosses, employees, or whomever you’re in contact with know how much you value them.

“Gifts are an easy way to show someone you appreciate them and all that they do,” says Lindsey Angelovich, Life Time Work manager in Coral Gables, Fla. “From a business or employer perspective, it’s a way to say thank you for the effort someone’s made and the energy they’ve put into making the business successful over the past year.”

We asked Angelovich and a few of her Life Time Work colleagues from around the country to share their ideas for the types of gifts to give to those in the workplace this holiday season. Here’s what they have on their lists.

1. Leather desk mat. Accent a desk space with a smooth, leather mat. Place a keyboard, mouse, or notebook on top, bringing elevated style to the desktop of an office, cube, or home workspace.

2. Accessory survival kit. Fill a small pouch or container with essential everyday items such as pens, an HDMI cable, universal phone charger, Post-it notes, and pieces of stationery. “This is a thoughtful, yet practical gift,” says Robert Kraemer, Life Time Work manager in Minneapolis, Minn. “Oftentimes people need these items and others around them don’t always have spares or loaners.”

3. Desktop greenery. Plants are not only aesthetically pleasing to have on your desk, but they can also promote productivity and concentration. “Plants can be tricky to keep alive, so succulents are a great option,” says Ashley Bracey, national operations manager for Life Time Work in Ardmore, Pa.

4. Wooden board. Whether to use for slicing and dicing, cutting cheese, or serving a charcuterie, a statement wooden board is a versatile gift. The holidays are the perfect time to give these as they can be used for serving appetizers and hors d’oeuvres at gatherings.

5. Bottle of wine. Select a bottle to gift on its own or pair it with the board above. “You have to know your crowd, but I know many members at our Life Time Work Coral Gables location who would absolutely love a nice bottle of wine,” says Angelovich.

6. Planner. Look for a planner or calendar specifically designed to help with goal setting. “This can be a thoughtful and useful gift for those who might be setting intentions to carry out throughout the next year,” says Bracey.

7. Travel mug. Coffee and tea are beloved drinks of choice in the work environment, so you can’t really go wrong with a good travel mug. “Many of our members at Life Time Work love coffee, and I think they would appreciate a sustainable, insulated mug that will keep their drink hot and that they could take with them on the go,” says Angelovich.

8. Fitness accessories. Items such as yoga mats, sweat towels, or water bottles support a healthy way of life. “In the spirit of what we do at Life Time, some kind of fitness accessory makes sense for our community as it aligns with our values as a company,” says Bracey.

9. Gift cards. Who doesn’t love receiving a gift card? Select the destination with intention. A few ideas include a favorite local business, grocery store, go-to restaurant, gas station, or spa. Many of our Life Time Work team members opt for gifting LifeSpa or LifeCafe gift cards as they know they’re something members can enjoy and easily use.

10. Experiences. Outside of things, the gift of an experience is a great option. Think of what the recipient would enjoy: Give someone the opportunity to attend an event or sporting game, take a cooking or dance class, or relax with a massage or spa treatment.

Note: Many of the items above could be branded and customized with your company’s logo or monogrammed with the recipient’s initials if you want to personalize the gift even more.

Callie Chase
Callie Fredrickson

Callie Fredrickson is a content editor at Life Time.

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